Joseph Ratzinger (a/k/a Benedict XVI) made some comments recently made some comments that got some press. In particular, as Reuters reports: “Pope in Africa reaffirms ‘no condoms’ against AIDS.” Quoting the story, “The Church teaches that fidelity within heterosexual marriage, chastity and abstinence are the best ways to stop AIDS.” Many of you are likely…Read More Joseph Ratzinger and Information Security
Paul Graham has a great article in “Startups in 13 Sentences:” Having gotten it down to 13 sentences, I asked myself which I’d choose if I could only keep one. Understand your users. That’s the key. The essential task in a startup is to create wealth; the dimension of wealth you have most control over…Read More Understanding Users
This photograph was taken at 11:19 AM on January 20th. It’s very cool that we can get 1 meter resolution photographs from space. What really struck me about this photo was.. well, take a look as you scroll down… What really struck me about this is the open space. What’s up with that? Reports were…Read More The New Openness?
Galois has announced “” Cryptol is a domain specific language for the design, implementation and verification of cryptographic algorithms, developed over the past decade by Galois for the United States National Security Agency. It has been used successfully in a number of projects, and is also in use at Rockwell Collins, Inc. … Cryptol allows…Read More Cryptol Language for Cryptography
People often make the claim that something is “as intuitive as dialing the phone.” As I was listening to “Dave Birch interviewing Ben Laurie,” I was reminded of this 1927 silent film: Ben commented on people having difficulty with the CardSpace user interface, and it not being as intuitive as having your email address being…Read More As easy as dialing a phone
Jacob Burghardt has a very interesting new ebook, “Working Through Screens.” If one was to summarize the status quo, it might sound something like this: when it comes to interactive applications for knowledge work, products that are considered essential are not always satisfactory. In fact, they may be deeply flawed in ways that we commonly…Read More Working Through Screens
I flew Virgin Atlantic for the first time recently, for a day trip to San Francisco. I enjoyed it. I can’t remember the last time I actually enjoyed getting on a plane. The first really standout bit was when the Seattle ground folks put on music and a name that song contest. They handed out…Read More Virgin America
I’m in Barcelona, where my employer has made three announcements about our Security Development Lifecycle, which you can read about here: “SDL Announcements at TechEd EMEA.” I’m really excited about all three announcements: they represent an important step forward in helping organizations develop more secure code. But I’m most excited about the public availability of…Read More SDL Announcements
John Timmer of Ars Technica writes about how we ignore dialog boxes in, “Fake popup study sadly confirms most users are idiots.” The article reports that researchers at the Psychology Department of North Carolina State University created a number of fake dialog boxes had varying sorts of clues that they were not real dialog boxes,…Read More Blaming the Victim, Yet Again
John Kelsey had some great things to say a comment on “Think Like An Attacker.” I’ve excerpted some key bits to respond to them here. Perhaps the most important is to get the designer to stop looking for reasons attacks are impossible, and start looking for reasons they’re possible. That’s a pattern I’ve seen over…Read More The Discipline of "think like an attacker"